Geothermal, Hydropower, Wind Power

French Firm to Develop Geothermal in Mexico

A major French company has been awarded a contract to supply four geothermal energy power plants to Mexico.

PARIS, France – The turnkey order for ALSTOM is worth 120 million euros and involves the supply of four 25 megawatt geothermal power plants to the Mexican utility, Comision Federal de Electricidad. The plants will be located in Los Azufres in Michoacan state, and will use high-temperature underground water to generate electricity. The contract is part of the Mexican government’s program to increase overall generation capacity using geothermal sources. ALSTOM recently signed a contract in Mexico to extend the Chicoasen hydro power plant near Tuxtla Guiterrez. It will also build the second phase of the 460 MW Tamuin coal generation plant, and will construct three gas turbine combined cycle plants. The French company is involved in energy and transportation infrastructure, and works in power generation, transmission and distribution. It has annual sales in excess of 20 billion euros and employs 140,000 people around the world. It also supplies variable speed controls systems for harnessing wind energy. It has installed 200 units in Europe, representing more than 300 MW installed capacity.